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Questions asking for opinions tend to get closed as not constructive on most Stack Exchange sites. The not constructive close reason says: As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, ...


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Apparently there are userscripts to help with generating boilerplate, but I've never got around to working out how to use them or setting them up. Below are a set of templates for common problems with posts. Note: Comments below which are too long for a single comment should be edited down by removing the least relevant points rather than being split over ...


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I'd like to nominate Mark Booth (meta, Network & Area 51) as a pro tem mod for this site. Mark has been participating in site-building for this site on area51 and has continued to do so on this meta. Besides, he seems to be well versed with the topic, as is evident from his contributions on main. He's also been around the network for pretty long -- so he ...


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IMO, ROVs are very relevant to robotics, just slightly easier as they don't have complex programming involved. There still are intricate mechanical aspects of the thing, and generally you still program them to some extent (for example, to make differential turning smooth). Recently, I've been working on what amounts to an ROV (for ASME SDC 2013) -- and from ...


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This looks like a great idea, I'd certainly be happy to have Hats on Robotics. Badges are great, but with plenty of people here on Robotics being new to Stack Exchange in general, having a fun way to promote the norms of Stack Exchange behaviour would be a great way to engage people in the site and encourage community building.


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Given that "From this point on, meta-tagging is explicitly discouraged." I would suggest that we get rid of both of these meta-tags before people get used to using them. In addition, all questions should be about robotics, so the robots tag should never be appropriate. The narrower tags like mobile-robot, industrial-robot and wheeled-robot are all fine ...


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This post is both a nomination and an example of a nomination to get the rest of you started :) I'd like to nominate myself, Mainshearth (main|meta), for this position. enter link description here http://se-flair.appspot.com/png/751483b5-3bd0-467a-b3aa-f0bb8ac3887d/ I'm Manish, a first-year engineering student. I've always had a passion for robotics, ...


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Graduation is no longer either required, or expected of small Stack Exchange sites, and as long as we are still an active community we are at no risk of being closed down. It's been a few years since Stack Exchange woke up to the idea of perpetual beta sites - small, niche sites, such as Robotics, which may never reach graduation criteria, but equally will ...


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We should've started long ago. Being in private beta is no reason to hold out on accepting answers. It's fine if you want to keep the question in limbo for a few days to garner more answers (generally, questions with an accepted answer don't get many more answers)--but don't do this for weeks. Remember, the acceptance tickmark can always be undone.


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(Not certain this warrants a full answer) but yes, agreed, I think we should. The site is mature and well-defined enough that we should start operating like a normal SO site, ipso facto, accepting answers.


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Just to complete the loop: Robotics.SE will go public on Tuesday, 6 November 2012! Congratulations!


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Getting started with MathJax On Robotics Stack Exchange, we use MathJax to format mathematical expressions. MathJax is a tool that lets us display LaTeX expressions on a browser. To use MathJax, enclose your mathematical expressions within single($...$) or double($$...$$) dollar signs. Single dollar signs make the expression inline, for example, Let $x$ be ...


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I certainly have no problem with students asking questions here, but as with all questions they need to be sufficiently well researched, clear questions appropriate for this site. Questions which don't live up to the standards of quality expected should be questioned, commented upon and ultimately edited to attain the quality they need. I don't think there ...


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Unambiguously incorrect information should be corrected, either by commenting and asking the originator to correct the content, assuming you have comment privileges (50 rep in beta); editing the post, if you have edit privileges (1000 rep in beta); or suggesting an edit if you don't. If the information isn't unambiguously incorrect, it may be a matter of ...


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I would like to nominate ronalchn (meta, Network & Area 51) as a Moderator Pro Tempore for Robotics. ronalchn has been a very active participant in the beta so far, both asking and answering questions on main and participating on meta. Although a relative newcomer to Stack Exchange, it is obvious from recent activity that ronalchn has a pretty good ...


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I'd like to nominate Rocketmagnet (main | meta) who has been very active on this site, during definition and since entering beta. Clearly a man who knows the subject, and an asset to the site. I hope you feel able to accept this nomination enter link description here http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/22610.png


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I would definitively prefer a design related to real robotics rather than science fiction robotics, because the page is about real robotics and therefore we should make that impression and appearance. Moreover, I agree with the point that real robotics often do not look that esthetic. Therefore I suggest an abstract design, where typical parts of robots are ...


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Generally speaking, questions like this should be closed as too localised, since this reason covers localised in time or situation as well as geographically localised. From the FAQ entry Why are some questions closed?: too localized This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in ...


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You are right, it probably belongs on the Electrical Engineering. However, I think questions may also belong on Robotics if it was somewhat more intelligent - not necessarily requiring both a mechanical aspect as well as an electrical aspect. While the question you have referred to may be solvable by the users on this site, the application is not robotics, ...


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Whoa whoa whoa.... It's waaay to early to worry about those stats. The site is still pretty young, we don't even have pro tempore moderators yet. Those stats are based on what a site should look like in ~1 year. Parenting and GraphicsDesign are years old, they have nurtured a strong community in that time. Aside from that, as you mentioned, they're of a ...


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To answer the question in the title. Shopping questions should be closed as "Opinion based" with a comment to explain what we mean by that. We have a limited number of off-topic close reasons, so although we originally had a Shopping question close reason, we had to remove it to make way for others. As to the question in the body text, sadly we can't edit ...


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Generally, sites with the beta theme get their initials in a cartoon question bubble. The primary reason is that we create several sites a month so we need an easy-to-produce design icon consistent with the beta theme and the other sites on the network. If you look through the list of sites, you'll notice the occasional beta favicon that's not in the Latin ...


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I'm not an active participant here, but the merge with Robotics, based on the nature of the vast majority of questions here, just doesn't seem organic. As for Raspberry Pi an Arduino, RP seems fine on its own, and I can't see a large Arduino community contributing in a way that would send me to a group looking for embedded help.


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We shouldn't be closing questions which are on-topic here, just because they are drone questions, but if Drones Stack Exchange takes off, we may find people prefer it even for questions which are on-topic here. For details of what our current policy on which drone questions are considered on-topic here, have a look at the info page for any of the uav auv ...


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The scope of Robotics is defined in the What topics can I ask about here? page in the Help Centre. As it says there: Generic programming questions with no relation to robotics should be asked on Stack Overflow and if your question is directly related to robotics then even if your question might also be appropriate on another site, we are likely to be ...


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Yes, we are now in perpetual beta. The fact that we haven't been closed down is pretty good evidence that we are now in perpetual beta. Our stats suggest that we would have to grow substantially as a site in order to qualify for graduation, and given our niche appeal, I doubt that will happen. As the linked articles say though, graduation is neither expected ...


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We currently only have around 70 users who can have the 500 reputation to cast close votes, but anyone with at least 15 reputation can flag questions to close. As Chuck♦ says we can easily see questions which have at least one close vote, and close flags are even more prominent, but down votes and comments on their own aren't as useful. The sooner we can ...


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The first time the question was asked, I was sure that we had plenty of well capable pro tempore moderators ready to go. Since the question has popped to the top of the list again (and looking through the nominations), it seems we are still a few moderators short. So I'm happy to put my own name (main|meta) forward.


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